The Skeptics

“Big Government,” Conservative Values, and the War on Terror

Fiscal modesty, belief in the importance of strong families, and any number of other conservative values have been sacrificed at the altar of the War on Terror. Might having government agents reach into women's underpants be the straw that breaks the conservative camel's back?

The beleaguered head of the Transportation Security Administration said today that at least one airport passenger screening went too far when an officer reached inside a traveler's underwear, and the agency is open to rethinking its current protocols.

An ABC News employee said she was subject to a "demeaning" search at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday morning.

"The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around," she said. "It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate."


In recent days, several passengers have come forward to tell shocking stories about their experiences with TSA officers.

Thomas Sawyer, a bladder cancer survivor, said he was humiliated after a pat down broke his urostomy bag, leaving the 61-year-old covered in his own urine. Sawyer said he warned the TSA officials twice the pat down could break the seal.

"I was so embarrassed and so petrified of going out into the airport and people would see me and quote unquote smell me," Sawyer said. "My underwear had dropped to the floor and I'm standing there in front of them with my underwear and had to ask to pull it up."

Cathy Bossi, a long-time flight attendant and breast cancer survivor said the TSA made her take off her prosthetic breast.

"She put her full hand on my breast and said 'What is this?' I said 'It's a prosthesis because I've had a breast cancer,'" Bossi said. "And she said, 'You'll need to show me that.'"

A video of a father taking his young son's shirt off so he can be searched has gone viral online with nearly half a million views in just three days.

I suspect there's so little left to Beltway Conservatism beyond contempt for Democrats and an unslakable thirst for war that its avatars will shrug this sort of thing off as a matter of course. Having a TSA employee perform a gynecological exam, having one's urostomy bag broken and being soaked in one's own urine, and having one's prosthetic breast removed and examined will be deemed measures necessary to our War to Protect Civilization.